Muscat: It’s the largest residential yacht in the world, and it is coming to Oman.
“The World,” where residents travel the globe without ever leaving home will visit the Muscat and other Gulf countries in the next few days.
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“We prefer not to provide exact dates for each visit due to security reasons. Moreover, this is private residential ship and not a cruise ship,” a spokesperson for “The World” told the Times of Oman.
The 165 private homes on board are owned by 142 families from 19 countries around the world, but mostly from the United States, Europe, Japan, South Africa and Australia, and a small percentage comes up for resale every year.
When asked if there are any homeowners on the ship from Oman, the spokesperson said: “I cannot be certain if any of our current owners are from Oman, however we have certainly had Middle Eastern owners in the past.”
The ship will have about 150 to 250 residents and guests and 260 crew members when it visits Oman.
Regarding the places they will visit in Oman, the spokesperson said: “We cannot provide exact information of where residents will visit, it doesn’t operate like a cruise ship so there are no set tours. Here, residents can travel for as long as they desire, spending an average of three to four months on board every year.”
The private community at sea offers a combination of luxurious and enriching travel with world-class amenities and facilities, including six restaurants, golf facilities with onboard putting greens, a full-size tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, a fitness centre complete with personal trainers, a library, cinema, hobby and games rooms, non-denominational houses of worship and more.
After the Middle East, “The World” will visit Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia before embarking on a two-week expedition to Borneo in Asia then onto Australia for a five-week exploration, ending the year in Sydney.
Construction of the vessel began in May 2000 in Rissa, Norway and the community at sea first set sail in 2002 and has so far visited more than 900 ports in more than 140 countries around the world.